Breaking with two centuries of political tradition, Drumpf didn’t ask Americans to place their trust in each other or in God, but rather, in Trump.
Has any American political leader claimed so directly to embody the nation, to speak for it, to be its sole hope for redemption?
The most striking aspect of his speech wasn’t his delivery, even though his tone often strayed over the line, from emphatic to strident. It wasn’t the specific policies he outlined, long fixtures of his stump speech. It was the extraordinary spectacle of a man standing on a podium, elevated above the surrounding crowd, telling the millions of Americans who were watching that he, alone, could solve their problems.